Very compact storm. I wanna say the city has sustained tropical storm force winds with hurricane gusts. Some minor flooding where levees were compromised in the eastern parts of the city, but overall, it was nothing like Hurricane Betsy just 4 years prior or Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Other parts of Louisiana were hit much harder (Plaquemines Parish and Slidell area which got in the Western eyewall).Amazing how Camille and Katrina made landfall at essentially the same spot, albeit on different approach. Also, I think New Orleans had very few issues with Camille.
I grew up in a really active period of Hurricanes for Louisiana. We evacuated when I was really young for Hurricane Georges. It ended up missing us to the east. We then evacuated for Hurricane Ivan in what would be the first contraflow test which was a nightmare. People stayed 8 hours on I-10 to get to Baton Rouge. Absolute gridlock. We did what was popular at the time as my mother worked for a hotel downtown...high rise evacuations to avoid rising waters. Luckily Ivan missed us. We almost did what we did for Ivan as Hurricane Katrina approached, but thankfully we opted to evacuate to Baton Rouge in what we thought was going to be a 2 or 3 day affair. Little did we know it would be several weeks before we'd get back to our severely damaged home.I don't remember ever seeing that. We lived in New Orleans (Harahan) from 1981 to 1986. My favorite reason to go to the Mississippi Gulf Coast was the big wave pool at the state park in Waveland. I'm sure that's long gone and probably before Katrina. My in-laws were from Chalmette, and they had severe flood damage from Betsy and then lost their home in Katrina. Not much NOLA hurricane drama while we lived there, although we did evacuate from Hurricane Elena in 1985.